Wednesday, August 12, 2009

CQ Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com

Midday Update for Wednesday, August 12, 2009 – 2:00 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Tariff Provision May Be Critical to Senate Climate Change Bill
  • Inouye Ignores Veto Threat Against F-35 Engine Funding
  • Lawmakers Weigh Stiffer Standards for Regional Airlines
  • FBI Makes Federal Case of Swastika
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The Senate is not in session; reconvenes Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The President with first lady Michelle Obama, hosts a reception honoring Justice Sonia Sotomayor; receives daily briefings and meets with senior advisers; with the first lady, hosts the Medal of Freedom ceremony.

In Washington, White House Counsel Gregory Craig delivers keynote remarks at an International Red Cross reception honoring the signing of the Geneva Convention 60 years ago. 6 p.m., 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Freedom Forum Entrance on 6th Floor, N.W.

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Top Stories

Tariff Provision May Be Critical to Senate Climate Change Bill

Writing climate change legislation that can win 60 votes in the Senate will hinge in part on two words -- "border adjustment." [Read More]

Inouye Ignores Veto Threat Against F-35 Engine Funding

In a rebuff to President Obama, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Defense Subcommittee says he will support continued funding of a second engine for the F-35, the newest U.S. fighter jet. [Read More]

Lawmakers Weigh Stiffer Standards for Regional Airlines

Six months after the fatal crash of a Continental Connections regional jet in Buffalo, N.Y., lawmakers are still grappling with how best to deal with the aviation safety gaps exposed in the investigation. [Read More]

FBI Makes Federal Case of Swastika

The FBI is investigating the discovery of a painted swastika at the office of Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., who is among the lawmakers drawing the most attention for exchanges with constituents at town-hall meetings on health care. [Read More]
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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MICHIGAN: State Seeks Billions from Feds for Auto Suppliers
NEW YORK STATE: PCB Dredging Resumes after Shutdown
RICHMOND, Calif.: Toll Collector Slain at Bridge
ORANGE COUNTRY, Calif.: Public Works Chief Retires after Scathing Audit

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Political Clippings

The Palm Beach Post reports that "Gov. Charlie Crist's plans for a third high-profile climate summit have been indefinitely postponed as the Republican weighs the political cost of the event's expensive price tag. But Crist's reluctance to appear out of touch with financially frustrated Floridians -- and perhaps his party's conservative base -- has not stopped him from asking the event's sponsors to help fund his U.S. Senate campaign."

The Newark Star Ledger reports that "Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie has tried to escape the shadow of former President George W. Bush, whose support for Christie has become a major line of attack by Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. But in an interview Tuesday and in congressional testimony last month, longtime Bush advisor Karl Rove said he had conversations with Christie about a possible run for governor while Christie was serving in the non-political position of U.S. attorney."

The Longview (TX) News-Journal reports that "Houston Mayor Bill White said...that he will focus on education issues and energy independence if elected to the U.S. Senate." White a Democrat, hopes to replace GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is seeking the seat of governor.

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